Words from the Heart for Wednesday November 30th, 2016
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (NIV)
Encouragement for the Heart
Salvation comes as a gift, and the promise is eternal encouragement and hope. As we wait for that final day, God is giving you encouragement and hope for today. Has someone encouraged you? In what ways have you been filled with hope? How have these people or events helped you to do good to others?
Winter is a huge challenge for new Canadians, particularly those who have never experienced cold and snow before. The website internations.org encourages ex-pats living in Canada that winter driving is quite doable. It says, “Driving in Canada’s harsh winter conditions can be dangerous, especially your first time. If you do not feel comfortable in such conditions, it is best to stay at home. That said, any Canuck will tell you that winter driving is not only possible but also simply a part of Canadian life. Just be prepared. Drive slower than usual. Factor in the extra time that you need to remove the snow and ice from your car and to warm it up. Drive with low-beams only. New Canadians are also encouraged to make sure to pay attention to the traffic and weather advisories on television and the radio.
People have all sorts of ideas about God. Some see Him as the judge who sits in heaven waiting to judge them. They live in fear of Him. Others see Him as the Creator who made all things but who is removed from His creation and is impossible to know. Others see God as a Santa Claus in the sky who is at our beck and call and who will give us everything we selfishly ask for. While the God of the Bible is the Creator and one day will be the judge, and He does lovingly provide all that is best for us, He is so much more. He loves us and cares for us and desires to draw close to us. Through Jesus He has provided all we need for justice to be done, our sins to be forgiven and removed, and a relationship with Him secured. But He also provides so much more. Paul the apostle prays in 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17: “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.” The Holy Spirit is a great gift to the people of God. He is fills our hearts and lives with His presence and both encourages us and empowers us to live a life that honours God and loves others.
These have been words from the heart.